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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Newest Yarn - Soysilk/Wool on: July 21, 2008 08:27:10 PM
I finally finished this soysilk/wool blend. It is the Louet colorway cared Karaoke Playful. It took a few months and some struggling with my wheel (grrrr!) but I have finally completed it.
Yay yay yay!

Close up:

Long Shot:

I also picked up a book recently on natural dying. Once I move to a house I will have space to attempt natural dying safely.

Wheww! I am glad to be done with this one.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / I got a fleece! on: May 14, 2008 07:59:15 PM
I'm so thrilled and my husband is so scared! I didn't realize how big these things are. It's a Cheviot-cross. Now I need to start making plans on what to do with it. Massive!  Grin

Does anyone have any tips or sites for how to separate the fleece into the different sections. (Like prime, seconds, felt-ables etc...)
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spindlewood Square vs Bosworth on: April 17, 2008 04:41:54 PM
I am thinking about getting a "fancy" spindle. Just one that is nicer then the beginning Louet and Ashford that I have. I had a chance to spin on a Spindlewood Square spindle (http://www.spindlewoodco.com/) and thought it was nice but I have never had a chance to spin on a Bosworth. (http://www.journeywheel.com/)
Anyone have experience with both who might like to weigh in on one side or the other?
Thanks! Grin
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / attempting to felt... on: April 06, 2008 04:31:18 PM
Sometime last week I attempted to teach myself to nuno felt. It was one of those weird thoughts that popped in my head and carried me away.


I didn't do so well. I dont have easy (or cheap) access to silk chiffon and I thought I had read online that one could use muslin. Smooth move right.....  Shocked. So it didnt turn out so so great but I did like the felted scarf itself. I just wish there was a way to dissect the fabric from it.

I don't know if you can see the muslin in the scarf here but there are a couple more photos on my blog. (I can but I figure I just know its there.) I did get real excited that the fiber felted so nicely and decided to do a couple more felted scarves, minus the fabric of course. They are dry now but they were hanging to dry when I took the picture yesterday.

I'd love some feedback or advice on what I could do to make the felted process better.
Thanks!  Grin

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Plying on a Jensen Tina on: December 07, 2007 07:19:50 PM
Hello, I was wondering if anyone can help a friend of mine with a problem.
She just recently got a Jensen Tina and has filled all her bobbins with tons of singles. Now she wants to go back and ply her singles. (Spun clockwise, trying to ply counterclockwise) Unfortunately she is not having a lot of success. From her description of the process she is doing all the steps right but apparently she is getting no pull. When she spins clockwise it will pull in the yarn and spins fine, nothing when she goes counterclockwise.
In addition to all this, She said that the whorl comes unscrewed too. I think this may be a set up problem with the type of wheel she has. I should say, I'm sure she put it together well but I seem to remember reading somewhere that this particular wheel (or maybe a different one) had this problem with the whorl and plying until it was adjusted. I just can't find that information. So far I have done several google searches, a knitters review and a spinningfiber livejournal community search and cant find much on the Jensen Tina.
Could some dear craftster out there please assist us! Grin
6  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / weaving with recycled jeans on: November 12, 2007 06:59:37 PM
This may be a bit silly but I was wondering if you can weave with strips of old jeans. I have some old jeans that I cut the legs off of when I *ahem* wore out the inside thighs. I go back and forth between cutting them into strips and knitting with them or weaving them into a funky scarf or something. Of course, I have the knitting needles and not a thing to weave on... in fact, I dont know how to weave. It just seems like these leftovers are begging to be woven into something cool.

Any ideas or suggestions?
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / How do you decide... on: November 14, 2006 08:53:49 PM
I was wondering how others decided what to do when spinning. I mean, besides "I wanted it to be like such and such" or "I wanted to ply." What if your spinning something that your a little indifferent to. For instance, I dyed some fiber a couple of weekends ago and now I have spun it into a thick and thin yarn. (Which is not really something I do often.) I've been thinking of different things that I could do with it before setting the twist. Ply it with thread or don't ply it. Not really sure.
So... what other things should I consider. I'm interesting in what things others would do or have done to their spun singles.

I wanted to add a picture so that others had a better idea of what I am working with. Any suggestions?

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first scarf! on: September 17, 2006 07:36:14 PM

I just wanted to post a picture of my first knitted scarf. I just learned how to knit around July 1st and this is the first thing I have had time to finish. Its made with Jelli Beenz from Plymouth Yarns. I knit 20 stitches across and it came out to about 2 feet, 5 inches.

I'm also making a red one for my son but since his is 27 stitches across, I will probably have to get another skein to add some length. Just means I will have a chance to learn how to work a join.
I'm sorry if my grin is big, I'm just pleased as punch!

Thanks for looking!!!!

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